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F1 Portuguese GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Live text commentary of all the action from the Portuguese Grand Prix's FP1 and FP2 sessions at Portimao

F1 Portuguese GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Stephen Lickorish, Tom Howard, Megan White


  • FP2 has ended
  • Hamilton led from Verstappen and Bottas
  • The Mercedes driver's quickest time was a 1m19.837
  • The start was delayed by ten minutes as officials repaired a drain cover at the exit of Turn 11
  • Bottas led the time sheet in FP1
1. Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Verstappen, Red Bull
3. Bottas, Mercedes
4. Sainz, Ferrari
5. Alonso, Alpine
6. Ocon, Alpine
7. Leclerc, Ferrari
8. Ricciardo, McLaren
9. Stroll, Aston Martin
10. Perez, Red Bull
Status: Stopped
Action from the Portuguese Grand Prix continues tomorrow Saturday. FP3 is set to begin at midday followed by qualifying at 1500 BST.
Norris ended up in P12 while Russell impressed in P13. Vettel continues to struggle for pace down in P15 for Aston Martin.
It proved to be a very encouraging session for Alpine. Alonso ended up P5 ahead of team-mate Ocon. Leclerc (Ferrari), Ricciardo (McLaren), Stroll (Aston Martin) and Perez (Red Bull) rounded out the top 10.
So then Hamilton strikes back in FP2 as he edged Verstappen's Red Bull by 0.143s. Bottas was third ahead of Sainz, the top Ferrari.
Drivers are now lining up for some practice starts.
Hamilton's time was 0.2s shy than that of Bottas which topped FP1 earlier today.
Hamilton tops FP2 courtesy of a 1m19.837s effort.
Chequered flag for FP2.
Tsunoda has a little moment but continues on his way.
There hasn't been much change in the order on the timesheets as teams focus on race runs for the second half of the session.
Perez is some 0.5s adrift of his team-mate Verstappen at the minute. Perez is P10 at the minute.
George Russell is showing decent pace again in the Williams. He sits in P13 ahead of Tsunoda, Vettel and Raikkonen.
There are 10 minutes left in the session.
As it stands only 0.679s covers the top 10. Its close out there.
Hamilton not happy with the softs he has on his Mercedes.
Track Limits are being monitored at Turns 1,4 and 15.
Hamilton's current benchmark is 0.2s adrift of the best time from FP1.
Ricciardo appears to have the edge on team-mate Norris at the moment. Lando, a podium finisher last time out at Imola, is down in P12.
Hamilton heads, Verstappen, Bottas, Sainz, Alonso, Ocon, Leclerc, Ricciardo, Stroll and Perez.
The majority of the field are beginning out laps. Hamilton continues to hold the top spot thanks to a 1m19.837s.
Lance Stroll has put Aston Martin into the top 10 in P9. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel is sitting in P15.
We have 25 minutes remaining in the session. FP2 will finish later than planned after a 10 minute delay to repair kerbs on the exit of Turn 11.
Verstappen goes P2 on a 1m19.980s. He is 0.143s shy of Hamilton.
Verstappen is on a quick one and is on the soft tyres.
Perez shows his frustration at Mazepin. The Red Bull driver felt he was impeded by the Haas.
Latifi has gone off at Turn 8. The Williams driver runs through the gravel and rejoins the track.
Ricciardo is currently the top McLaren runner in P10.
Ocon sits in P5 as Alpine continue to show encouraging pace.
Hamilton has come in for a tyre change along with team-mate Bottas.
Sainz has now slotted into P3 and Alonso has put the Alpine into P4. Both are running the soft tyres.
Worth noting Verstappen is yet to venture out on the soft tyres.
Hamilton shoots to the top. He is the first to dip under the 1m20s bracket as he fires in a 1m19.837s. Lewis is 0.3s faster than Bottas.
Hamilton is on the softs and is on a flyer.
Bottas responds and goes back to the top. He now logs a 1m20.181s.
So Verstappen heads Bottas, Sainz and Hamilton. Verstappen's time was 0.101s faster than Bottas.
Verstappen goes fastest. The Red Bull man has posted a 1m20.322s.
Verstappen is heading back out. Christian Horner confirms it was a sensor issue on Verstappen's car early in the session.
Times are some way off those set in FP1 but its early days. Nobody has dipped under the 1m20s bracket yet.
Kimi Raikkonen is the first driver to have a lap time deleted. Deleted laps were a big talking point at this venue last year.